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Atlanta Youth Academy to host fundraiser in Buckhead
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Special Photo / Teacher Boo Brown, a Buckhead resident, works with her students at Atlanta Youth Academy.
Special Photo / Teacher Boo Brown, a Buckhead resident, works with her students at Atlanta Youth Academy.
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Special Photo / From left, Buckhead residents Lisa Songy and Carolyn Jones, shown with a group of students, frequently volunteer at Atlanta Youth Academy.
Special Photo / From left, Buckhead residents Lisa Songy and Carolyn Jones, shown with a group of students, frequently volunteer at Atlanta Youth Academy.
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Atlanta Youth Academy, an independent school in southeast Atlanta, will host its 10th annual Benefit Auction Nov. 17 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Mason Murer Fine Art in Buckhead.

What began as a small art auction in 2003 has grown over the past decade to include hundreds of items such as fine art by local and nationally known artists, jewelry, vacation-home stays, chef’s dinners, tickets to sporting and theater events, and restaurant and spa gift certificates. Every dollar raised has funded scholarships at the academy, with last year’s event generating more than $65,000.

“It’s been amazing to see our event flourish in recent years,” said benefit auction founder and 2013 chair Sivan Hines. “As Atlanta Youth Academy has grown in size and need, the Benefit Auction has raised the bar year after year to support this amazing school. We’re celebrating our 10th year with a truly outstanding catalogue of auction items that we know will appeal to a wide variety of buyers.”

This year’s signature items include an artist proof of “The DiMaggio Cut,” a piece by LeRoy Neiman signed by both the artist and DiMaggio; “Statue of Liberty” by painter Steve Penley; dinner for six by Kyma chef Pano Karatassos; an eight-day Caribbean vacation and a round of golf at East Lake Golf Club.

“So many individuals, businesses and organizations in Atlanta donate items and experiences to our benefit auction every year,” said academy President Peter Rooney. “The majority of our students would not have access to a quality education without this support. We rely on the generosity of donors and events like the benefit auction to ensure these children continue to receive the best educational experience possible.”

The school serves 130 students in kindergarten through eighth grade and provides an education on par with top independent schools in a Christian environment. It is designed for urban children whose families believe in the importance of education but do not have access, either financially or geographically, to excellent private schools. While all families pay tuition at some level, the academy must raise more than 80 percent of the cost to educate each child. Graduates go on to top day and boarding schools in Atlanta and around the country, and 100 percent of the academy’s alumni have graduated from high school.

The event is open to the public. Mason Murer is located at 199 Armour Drive. Tickets are $25 in advance and may be purchased by visiting www.ayaauction.com. They are $30 at the door. A complete auction catalogue is also available at www.ayaauction.com.

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